The Dr. Larry Bussey Family and Community Library

FRC Library Procedures

Dr. Bussey

Welcome to the Dr. Larry Bussey Family and Community Library

Dr. Larry Bussey began his lifelong commitment to education, diversity, and equity as a teacher in the New York City Public School System where he taught art to the city’s youth before bringing his passion for ensuring equal access to quality education to our nation’s youth to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), serving over 30 years as an enforcement officer conducting the program office’s core work of identifying, preventing, and resolving acts of discrimination against our nation’s students. Dr. Bussey was a founding member of the first Minority Student Achievement Joint Committee (MSAOC), an ad hoc committee established by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in 1992 that developed an action plan and made recommendations that included a re-examination of curriculum, modification of administrative structures, and improved outreach to parents. Dr. Bussey served as MSAOC Co-Chair through the 1995-1996 school year: as a community representative or staff liaison for MSAOC under six superintendents from its creation until his death in 2022. To support comprehensive family outreach and engagement, Dr. Bussey spearheaded the creation of the Parent Advocacy Handbook, which distributed 15,000 paperback copies and is currently available in multiple languages and online. Very few, if any, have shown a greater, long-term commitment to minority student achievement and parent and family engagement in FCPS than Dr. Larry Bussey. The Fairfax County School Board has proclaimed that the library located within the Family Resource Center be called the “Dr. Larry Bussey Family & Community Library” to serve as a lasting legacy of Dr. Bussey’s commitment to educate and equip families to effectively advocate for the educational rights and needs of their children. The Family Resource Center Lending Library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children including those with learning challenges, mental health concerns, special needs, and disabilities.

The library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Help for Finding Materials

In-Person: Browse our Library in person  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtually: Choose Materials to be picked up

FRC Packs: Prepackaged Materials Ready for Checkout!

Our staff has curated top resources from our library, webinars, and digital resources on some of our most requested topics.

  • Supporting Children and Teens with ADHD

  • Supporting Children and Teens with Anxiety

  • Supporting Children and Teens with big emotions

  • Supporting Children and Teens with motivation

Procedures for Checking out Materials

Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks. Renewals are easy ~ call or email.

Procedures for Returning Materials

  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our Book Return located at Entrance 1 of the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services  (map). 
  • Make an appointment with your child's school to return the materials in the provided envelope.

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